DefenceVPN has been steadily introducing changes to its website and service since launching in 2016. We daresay its current version is the best one yet.
Although it doesn’t have the reach many other providers offer, it earns a perfect score for encryption, client design, speed, and privacy.
AES256 is the standard you can expect, along with OpenVPN support. The compact network is lightning-fast, and while US Netflix is currently off-limits, you can stream a lot of other content. P2P is also allowed on Bulgarian servers.
As for features, you’ll find plenty. DefenceVPN runs double encryption on several servers, and leaking concerns are alleviated thanks to the kill switch and extra DNS reinforcement.
But what about the logs? Well, DefenceVPN admits to keeping bandwidth data — which isn’t ideal, but is often the case. The good news is this can’t be linked to your IP address or other sensitive info, as this VPN stores none of it.
All of that comes with a very small price tag, making DefenceVPN a budget service you should definitely consider. If you aren’t convinced, you can always get your money back within 7 days of subscribing — just make sure you haven’t exceeded 5GB of bandwidth.
Speed determines how fast content uploads, so if you're torrenting or streaming, you want the speed to be somewhat identical to your regular internet speed. Since a VPN encrypts your data, it usually takes a bit longer to send your data back and forth, which can slow down your connection. However, if your ISP deliberately slows down your connection (also known as throttling) a VPN might increase your internet speed. Testing a VPN is somewhat pointless because new servers pop up and affect speed. Your speed can also differ according to your location, so your speed test might not match ours. Having said that, we tested the speed in numerous locations to provide you with the average.
In a nutshell, the DefenceVPN experience is minimalism done right.
The website is neatly organized and full of just the right information. The FAQ answers plenty of general inquiries, and the responsive ticket system will have a reply for you within 48 hours — in our experience, much faster.
DefenceVPN’s apps (Windows, MacOS, Android) are no different — it doesn’t take long to learn them inside out, and all settings are a click away in a drop-down menu. You can enable auto-connect and the kill switch, in addition to a few other handy options. There’s also an iOS app pending approval from Apple.
For manual setup, you can refer to DefenceVPN’s excellent guides (accessible from the FAQ page).
We personally test the customer support team of every VPN we review. This means asking technical question through the live chat feature (where applicable) and measuring the response time for email questions. Whether you need to connect to a specific server, change your security protocol, or configure a VPN on your router, finding a VPN with quality customer support should be important to you.
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